Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Wok's For Dinner: Kielbasa & Cabbage

Tonight's meal was Kielbasa & Cabbage, or what I sometimes refer to as Poor Man's Soup. It's kielbasa sausage and cabbage...it can't be any simpler than that. The meal definitely falls in the $5 dinners category. Maybe one day I'll be able to truly participate in the $5 Dinner Challenge. I think this meal cost somewhere in the $3 range. I don't keep up with how much everything costs me, so that's a rough estimate.

Normally, I cook this in a large pot on the stove. But I thought I'd save time and cook it in the microwave instead, assuming it'd be quicker. Nope. Took just as long to get that cabbage to cook down. Guess that's ok since it still tasted good. :)

Kielbasa & Cabbage


1 polska kielbasa sausage

1/2 head cabbage



Slice kielbasa; shred cabbage. Place both in large pot. Cover with water. Bring to a rapid boil and boil for 15-20 minutes. You can serve this as a soup or strain it.

It's taken me a long time to develop the taste for cabbage. It wasn't on my favorite list growing up. But hubs likes it, and since I usually get a head of cabbage with my monthly Angel Food Ministries order, I try to make a point of using it. More often than not, I make this meal because it's simple and relatively hassle-free. The kids like it, too and refer to the cabbage as "salad", one of their favorite ways to eat vegetables. I'll let them call their cabbage salad as long as they keep on eating it! :)


  1. Hi, DeAna,

    I would love to make your Kielbasa & Cabbage dinner but am concerned that the cabbage will give us gas! What do you suggest other than taking 'Beano' before eating?

    Thanks for your suggestions.
    Darlene K.

  2. Hi Darlene K.!

    I really don't remember us ever having any bad gas with this meal. We eat a lot of broccoli, and the cabbage has become a monthly staple ingredient for us, so maybe our bodies are used to it and the gas has ceased to become an issue.

    Also, when I make Kielbasa & Cabbage, I boil down the cabbage really good, so that may have something to do with it (make sure you cook it on the stove instead of the microwave like my sad attempt the night I posted this!). In lieu of "Beano" :), I suggest that you avoid gaseous foods like broccoli, cucumbers, and pinto beans.

    Good luck, and I hope you enjoy the meal! :)


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